Features Blind student leads by example.
Student Government Association executive board ofﬁcially announced.
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Learning outcomes assessment put to the test this semester. Choir takes audience down memory lane.
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Virus attacks computer courtyard Rebeka Silva Staff Writer On the evening of April 21, the North Campus computer courtyard was attacked by the conﬁcker worm virus. When the conﬁcker worm virus hits, it creates log in issues, ﬂoods and causes busy trafﬁc on the network, eventually causing the network to shut down or crash. Sanjay Jerath, director of Campus Network Services, said the virus essentially attacks the domain controller - which is the “heart” of the network. Meant to hit on April Fools Day, the virus hit the North Campus April 21, leading to the closing of the entire downstairs computer courtyard the morning of Wednesday, April 22 until 11 a.m. Director of the computer courtyard, Carmen Bucher, said, “We were expecting to be hit on April 1, but it never came. But because we were expecting a hit we were prepared on handling and preventing it.”
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Convocation awards students for achievements ʻNo one attains eminent success by simply doing what is required of themʼ Cerone White Staff Writer
The North Campus hosted its annual Academic Convocation April 22 where more than 65 students were nominated for their academic achievements. The ceremony was held in the Lehman Theater, where faculty and the studentsʼ family members were present. There were more than 300 people in attendance. The academic disciplines that were recognized were the School of Business, School of Education, School of Architecture and Interior Design, School of Entertainment and Design Technology, School of Environmental Sciences, School of Justice, School of Funeral Services, School of Computer and Engineering Technologies, and Academic Awards in Liberal Arts. “No one attains eminent success by simply doing what is required of them,” North Campus president Jose Vicente said.
Provided by MDC Media Services ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS: More than 300 people attended this year’s Academic Convocation at the Lehman Theater.
The keynote speaker was Marielena A. Villamil, a member of Miami Dade College, District Board of Trustees, and president and co-founder of the Washington Economics Group. “You have opportunity that many people have and that is to be educated in the number one college system in the nation,”
said Villamil. Villamil told the students that they should strive to do the right thing at all times. She also said that community service was very important. “Donʼt stop. You have made a mark today at the North Campus and continue to make an impact on the world at large,” she
said. The organizer for the event was Dr. E. Carter Burrus, director of the Honors College at the North Campus. Burrus has been involved with the convocation for more than 15 years. Burrus said there is a committee of 15 members that decides which students should receive the awards. In order to be considered for the award, students must have at least 35 credits or be graduating that semester. Students also have to be nominated by a faculty member. Burrus said that this award gives students a sense of accomplishment. “Everyone wants to be recognized for their achievements,” Burrus said. “They are being recognized as the best person in that discipline. That is a great thing, even so to studentsʼ parents.” Dennis Bost received an award from the School of Computer and Engineering Technology. “It was awesome when I found out,” Bost said. “It was lot of hard work. As a night student, I had to work even harder.”
Computer virus hits MDC, staff quickly contains issue
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The 2009-2010 Student Government Association Executive Board was ofﬁcially announced April 17 at the annual Student Life Awards banquet. The members are: Governmental relations director,
The computer courtyard consists of the downstairs and upstairs of building two, but the virus only spread throughout the ﬁrst ﬂoor. Computer courtyard management was ordered to send students needing computers to the upstairs lab, which was uninfected. “We were lucky that we stopped and contained the virus and that the upstairs lab was available for the students,” Bucher said. In order to conﬁne and detain the spreading of the virus, the whole ﬁrst ﬂoor needed to be cleaned and updated with new anti-virus. “The computer courtyard staff was very proactive in handling the situation with ease,” Bucher said. “ Because of all their hard work all of the courtyard computers were up to date and working with the anti-virus before noon on Wednesday.” Although the anti-virus programs can help to block viruses, like the conﬁcker worm, it is not a certainty. “Students use computers to go to websites other than for school research, websites that are not secure and these are the root of viruses,” said Jerath. “If students limited their computer use strictly to school work, there would be less of a problem.” Besides avoiding unsecured sites, there is not much more a student using the computer courtyard can do in order to prevent viruses from leaking into the computer system. “Whatever it is theyʼre doing, its making the system more vulnerable,” Jerath said. When one computer is hit in a lab, all the computers must be cleaned and updated with a new anti-virus in order to prevent the virus from attacking those as well. Even on Wednesday, April 22, isolated cases of the conﬁcker worm were showing up throughout the North Campus in buildings one, two and three. “The virus is contained and isolated, but precautions still need to be met in order to snip the virus in the bud,” Jerath said. The Wolfson, Kendall, Entrepreneurial Education Center, and Medical campuses have also been hit with isolated cases throughout the past week. “We donʼt know and never can tell where or when the virus will ﬁrst hit, but what we can do is be proactive on shutting it down when it does,” said Jerath.
April 29, 2009
Laura C. Morel Editor in Chief
Journalism Speaker Series continues through summer
Provided by MDC Media Services A NEW YEAR: From left to right: Student Life director Jaime Anzalotta, president Juliette Llado, vice president Danyelle Carter, executive director Heather Osorio, secretary Kelley Baptiste, treasurer Shanesia McKenzie, public relations director Barbara Ruiz, and governmental relations director Mariajose Ortega.
Mariajose Ortega; public relations director, Barbara Ruiz; treasurer, Shanesia McKenzie; secretary, Kelley Baptiste; executive director, Heather Osorio; vice president, Danyelle Carter; and president, Juliette Llado.
The Journalism Speaker Series will have two more presentations this summer. WPLG Local 10 reporter Neki Mohan and Associated Press chief of bureau in New Orleans Mike McQueen will speak May 28 at 11:15 a.m. in the North Campus. Sun-Sentinelʼs Miami Heat beat writer Ira Winderman, Miami Herald business reporter Monica Hatcher and El Nuevo Herald columnist Daniel Shoer Roth will speak June 24 at 1 p.m. in the Wolfson Campus. For more information, call Manolo Barco at (305) 237-1255.
Students surveyed for learning outcomes Michael Finch Staff Writer
The North Campus initiated the learning outcome assessment this spring semester. Now in phase 2, the project is geared toward students approaching graduation, but is to be implemented into general education courses by January 2010. Professor Isabel Rodriguez-Dehmer, 2008-09 co-chairperson of the Learning Outcomes Coordinating Council (LOCC), said the classes are chosen based on information provided by the Department of Institutional Research that shows courses with the most graduating students. Those classes are typically chosen for assessment. “Itʼs one of many assessments and itʼs not punitive. It is just to see how our students will compete in the global market,” Rodriguez-Dehmer said. “We chose to assess ourselves as an institution.” Miami Dade College ﬁrst introduced the 10 learning outcomes in October 2007, and students are assessed in the fall and spring semesters. “The 10 outcomes that our faculty have collectively championed and agreed upon as the competencies each MDC graduate should have in order to be successful in the workforce as global citizens,” said Malou Harrison, Dean of Student Services via e-
‘The learning outcomes can beneﬁt students if professors implement them effectively, because there are things that every college student should know.’ - Elementary education major, Arleen Senas.
mail. “In the development of our students and in a dedicated effort to hold ourselves accountable we seek the evidence of the learning of our students.” Harrison said the learning outcomes are needed because “the intent is to consistently assess and to use the results of the assessment to chart new and intentional strategies for improved student learning in the 10 outcomes.” According to Khadif Sanders, an English major who recently participated in one of the assessments in his creative writing course, said that he was told a week before that his class would be participating in an assessment. His entire class was taken to the M.J. Taylor Lounge where 6- 8 students were randomly chosen to serve as panelists. They were given folders that explained that they were to debate an ethics question, and the criteria it would be judged on. “I was not entirely sure about the process, because education is a relative
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measure,” Sanders, 21, said. For some students, the doubt is not the essential need of the learning outcomes but how itʼs evaluated. “The learning outcomes can beneﬁt students if professors implement them effectively, because there are things that every college student should know,” elementary education major Arleen Senas said. “I found it [the assessment] pretty pointless because I donʼt think you can measure a studentsʼ performance based on these outcomes.” Senas, 19, said that there are different variables that may change the conclusion of the assessment. She is in the Honors College, which has a more rigorous curriculum than other students who may take the same course outside of the Honors College. “Most students were taking it as fast as they can so they can get on to more important things,” she said. Senas, who has taken three assessments this semester, two in Honors College classes, senses education in regular classes is taught so much more differently in the Honors College that it will effect the assessmentsʼ results. “The teachers donʼt expect you to speak as much,” Senas said. Based on a report by psychology professor Jerry Rudmann at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, Calif., the psychology department ﬁrst began employing student learning outcomes into their Introduction to Psychology course in Spring 2003. “As a consequence of identifying and assessing learning outcomes, substantive improvements in teaching and learning are beginning to occur,” Rudmann said. “Our institution is moving toward placing learning outcomes on all course syllabi so there is no confusion or secret about what students are expected to learn in each course.”
April 29, 2009
Chamber Singers take us down memory lane Monique Dos Anjos Staff Writer
The North Campus annual Spring Choral Concert, which included performances by the Chamber and North Star Singers, took place at the Lehman Theatre April 15. This yearʼs director was music professor Carol Ann Steele, and the genres for the concert were jazz and gospel. Ullyssia Richardson, music education major, said that she enjoys gospel and classical. “Music is my forte. Itʼs what I do,” Richardson said. The concert opened with “America
the Beautiful” and ended with an offBroadway performance of Youʼre a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The Chamber Singers are mostly known for their jazz ensembles. With performances like Irving Berlinʼs “America” and “America the Beautiful,” they had the audience in awe with their angelic voices. Cheering was heard throughout the crowd when Richardson and music education major Davis De Leon performed what Steele called “a trip down memory lane.” Richardson and De Leon sang theme songs to The Jeffersons, Family Ties and 227. “My favorite was 227,” Richardson said. The Charlie Brown act was the last recital of the concert. Javier San Jose, music education major, was part of the ensemble for this performance.
Metamorphosis lacks transformation Jeannie Rodriguez Music Review Fans wonʼt ﬁnd much progress from Papa Roachʼs sixth studio album, Meta m orph osis. It deﬁnitely leaves music enthusiasts wanting more. Vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance, and drummer Tony Palermo make up the hard rock band from Northern California: Papa Roach. The band ﬁrst hit the mainstream as a rap-rock music group, releasing multiple hits such as “Last Resort” and “Broken Home” from their three times platinum record, Infest, in 2000. After changing their rap-rock sound for something a little more metal, the band continued to gain success with later album releases like Lovehatetragedy, Getting Away with Murder, and The Paramour Sessions. Now, ten years after their ﬁrst album, Papa Roach still remains a chart topper with the release of their latest album, Metamorphosis.
Being named after something that stands for change, fans would expect Metamorphosis to sound like something out of the ordinary for Papa Roach. Instead, fans will be left disappointed after realizing there isnʼt anything different from their previous records. The album contains the same riffheavy guitars, and loud, repetitive choruses. Although Shaddix has potential and great presence, he never seems to challenge his vocals. Too often he seems preoccupied with showing off his powerful howling. The musical compilation kicks off with an attempted call to action with “Change or Die,” and continues on to “Hollywood Whore,” a song referring to a woman with a severe drug addiction. “I Almost Told You That I Loved You” is a fast paced, fun song on the album, but sounds awfully close to a Buckcherry rip-off. A Papa Roach album would go incomplete without an anthem ballad to the youth, and on Metamorphosis, itʼs undoubtedly “Had Enough.” The record then gets into harder rock material, and never focuses on a true theme or direction. Papa Roach may have an identity crisis on their hands, but they continue to prove repetition sells.
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Laura C. Morel/ Falcon Staff FROM JAZZ TO GOSPEL: The North Campus Chamber Singers perform during the Spring Choral Concert April 15.
“Charlie Adams, the technical director, did a great job with the staging and professor Steele always prepares us for our performances,” San Jose said. “Theyʼre always professional.” The newly formed North Star Singers sang three different ensembles: “Total Praise,” “He Ainʼt Heavy, Heʼs My Brother,” and “It Donʼt Mean a Thing.” Richardson is also part of the North Star singers, a group that Steele formed in the
2008 fall semester. “Itʼs a group that performs music more suited to a greater variety and a smaller ensemble,” Steele said. The North Star Singers is not an ofﬁcial class. Any student can audition, and it is not necessary to be a music major. Auditions to join are held every semester. “Some of the greatest musicians, teachers and artists are here at North Campus,” Richardson said.
April 29, 2009
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Challenge and question the world around you Roy Frenkiel Columnist
here are our ears? What happened to our eardrums that they beat no sound into our brains, and to our brains, which became deaf to the drumbeats of our ears? We have lost our ability to think. Not because we canʼt, but because we donʼt even know that we want to think at all. We have ceased to care to the point that we donʼt even notice we donʼt care. Octavio Roca says that “ideals are fragile; be careful not to break them.” As interim chair of the arts and philosophy department at the North Campus and a philosophy professor held in high regard by some students, he knows a thing or two about ideas. What I have seen in my few years of experience has only proved that ideas are fragile indeed, and we change them constantly. We break them daringly and angrily. A couple of years ago in Brazil, a young boy ﬁlmed his house maid trying to pronounce “Youtube.com.” The middle-aged lady was clearly semi-illiterate, if literate at all, and had a hard time complying with the simplest of requests. I almost felt sorry for her, if it wasnʼt for her persistence in never allowing the boy to ﬁnish the instructions: “Please, maʼam, just say Y-o-u-t-u-b-e-.-c-o-m!” He gasped in despair. Itʼs not that she didnʼt get the word, or that the word is too hard to pronounce in Portuguese. If I dared most Americans to correctly say “São Paulo,” very few would comply. But “Youtube.com” is harder to read in Portuguese
than to speak it with the countryʼs own accent (a thrown-up “e” at the very end of the word). The poor maid couldnʼt listen long enough to hear the entire sentence; thus, mispronounced it in funnier tones and more senseless grunting sounds each time she tried it. On a similar note, on Headline News, a conservative segment of CNN, I watched almost doubtfully as a psychologist interviewed by the anchor spoke of a case where a 44-year-old high school teacher had a fatal affair with one of her students, and her boyfriend walked in on them and shot the 18-year-old man. It is the perfect portrait of a tragic scene, where I thought psychologists would tell the public about posttraumatic disorders, state of shock and crimes of passion, but none of this nonsense concerned her. She was outraged that a 44-year-old professor could have sexual intercourse with an 18-year-old student. On the account that murders are probably more traumatic and morbid than sex, perhaps adultery, teacher-student ethics and age-gapping-affairs are not what I would necessarily emphasize. On another occasion, when nobodyʼs cofﬁn goes six feet under, I admit that would make for an excellent anecdote. In both cases above, there is one human capacity that has been thoroughly neglected. My claim is not that we are undeserving and stupid. We are just eager, too eager perhaps, and we end up not pausing to think, to read and to listen altogether. We just donʼt have the time anymore. We are reading less, and seldom do the youngest generations know what happens in the country, and they donʼt know anything about their own districts and counties. We have switched mental exercise and art for
videogames and tabloids. We complain, we party, and we try to run forward, but we are always running. We rant, debate and protest over the Internet, and surprisingly, as much as it has getting our word out, in some cases, it has also expanded our capacities to say whatever comes to mind without reproach. This makes us increasingly susceptible to accept almost whatever we see and hear as possible. But the world is more complicated than that. We donʼt only fulﬁll our civilian duties by paying taxes and voting. We donʼt just send our children to the Army, or go ourselves because politicians have so decided. We have an obligation to know, to understand and to care about our lives in society, as long as we want a society at all. That is why I steal Obamaʼs quote “to reject as false the choice between” freedom and social involvement. As a society, we are never free at the expense of someone elseʼs freedom. I have been blessed to have taken most of the opportunities and resources offered to me in my years as an MDC student. I am thankful for Roca, who challenged me to think and instilled in me the curiosity and conﬁdence that everyone needs if they want to succeed in a world made not only of materialistic desires, but of facts, intellect and human logic. As I bid farewell to the North Campus and to the entire MDC community, there is only one piece of advice I can give to the incoming students who truly still wish for a better world. Take advantage of the time you have in this institution and listen. Think, criticize and challenge the world before you, not deﬁantly, but curiously. Do so for the sake of our children and for the sake of our ancestors. Do so for our sake. Thank you, MDC.
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Ernesto Paz, 18 Business Major Rosette Charles, 24 Biology Major
“The what outcomes?” David Adeyiga, 19 Engineering Major
“I think there are too many learning outcomes. You can’t really use the assessment to test a student’s knowledge because we are not given enough time or guidelines to what they want. Plus there are no rewards for the time and effort we put into this.”
“I think the learning outcomes are pointless and they don’t accurately reﬂect what students learn.”
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Patty Gutierrez, 19 Nursing Major “What is that?”
April 29, 2009
Student’s graduation this May inspires others Shelby Contreras Staff Writer Marvin Cherry was not always blind. In 1994, his world was turned upside down after he was shot in a club. For three long days Cherry was on the verge of death before he woke up from his coma. Years passed before Cherry adjusted to his loss of vision. He acquired training at the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Daytona Beach, and received his GED through Daytona Beach Community College. After getting his GED, Cherry decided he needed to further his education and he applied to the North Campus. On May 2, after maintaining a 3.0 grade point average, Cherry will be graduating along with more than 9,000 students. There will be six commencement ceremonies for graduates from six different campuses on that day. North Campusʼ graduation will take place at the Bank United Center, 1245 Dauer Drive in Coral Gables, where graduates from Hialeah Campus will be graduating as well. It wasnʼt easy for Cherry to earn his Associate in Arts degree, but with the help of the Access Services Department at the North Campus, he was determined to succeed. Cherry had to learn to use talking computers and live on his own.
Although math was a difﬁcult subject for Cherry to master, he pushed through and passed all his classes. Cherry is seen as an inspiration to many, but he has been inspired by others, including his computer professor Jose Izquierdo who is also blind. “[Izquierdo] encouraged me the most because heʼs blind,” said Cherry, a human resources major. “You have to see him. The things he knows; he knows everything about the computer.” Izquierdo feels that Cherry has come a long way in his education here at the North Campus. He is happy that Cherry is graduating after all his hardships. “From when [Cherry] ﬁrst started till now, itʼs a major difference,” said Access technology specialist, Izquierdo. “He deﬁnitely works hard.” Director of Access Services, Paul Edwards, is also blind and has been the director of Access Services Department for over 20 years. He said that what makes the Access Services Department so special is the fact that they donʼt baby their students, they expect students to become all that they can be. “When students leave this campus they not only graduate but they become independent,” Edwards said. Edwards has a great respect for the accomplishments Cherry has made, especially since he can relate. He
feels that students who graduate with disabilities truly deserve a celebration because of how much more difﬁcult it is for them to reach that goal than the average student. “It is so hard for people to imagine how tough it must have been for [Cherry],” Edwards said. “He was bound and determined that he was going to be successful.” Another individual who motivated Cherry greatly after his accident was his father, Hollice Cherry. Hollice pushed his son every step of the way. After Marvinʼs accident, his father encouraged him to pursue his education further, despite how rocky the road was. “Iʼm his coach. Iʼm his father. Iʼm the one who talked him into turning his life around,” Hollice said. After graduating from Miami Dade College, Cherry will begin taking classes at Florida International University to receive his bachelor degree in human resources. Once he graduates from FIU, Cherry plans on jumping into the work force. “What I want people to see is their disability is not a handicap, itʼs just a part of who you are,” Edwards said. Cherry has not let lifeʼs surprises hold him back. Even after transitioning from having vision his entire life, to losing his sight in a sudden accident, Cherry continues to live his life. “Just by hearing a brief description of what Iʼve accomplished can inspire someone,” Cherry said. “If I can just touch one person, thatʼs good.”
Shelby Contreras/Falcon Staff GRADUATION APPROACHES: Marvin Cherry will be graduating from MDC this May.
A Thousand Words
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
By Mario Martinez
April 29, 2009
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I H S A F Graduation dress guide Jessica Tejeda Features Editor
B e f o r e you make that monumental walk down the aisle to receive your long awaited diploma, one of the greatest concerns (other than passing ﬁnals), is ﬁnding the perfect dress to go under your traditional gown. Itʼs easier said than done for most girls. There are just so many things to consider, like a dress code, a budget, color and ﬁt. So, I will give you the keys to keep in mind when searching for the right dress for your special day. Even though graduation will be held indoors at the Bank United Center, you want to ﬁnd materials that you will not suffocate in, since you will have another layer above your dress. If youʼre wondering what the dress code might be, itʼs simple. You want to wear something tasteful, meaning no low-cut and short length dresses. Remember, even though you will have a gown over your dress, there will be photo opts before and afterward without the gown. Try to keep it professional but not too stuffy. You want to ﬁnd a dress that suits your taste and style without looking like youʼre hitting up the clubs, since it is a daytime graduation. For Leydi Malagon, nursing major, itʼs all about ﬁnding an elegant dress, which she says she could ﬁnd in Sears, Macyʼs or JCPenny. “Iʼm looking for something short, like right under or on my knee and in blue or light brown. I donʼt want anything too dark,” Malagon said. Now, you still havenʼt started earning the big bucks yet, but there are several stores that can offer you affordable prices for great looks. T.J. Maxx, Ross,
Graduating with fashion: A black pencil skirt is never a wrong choice for events like graduation.
Marshalls, and Forever 21 are great stores to look for dresses because they offer a variety of styles at great prices that wonʼt put you in debt. Forever 21 in particular have elegant styles under $30, like the Samantha rufﬂe front dress, that is cream and black. It falls right under the knee and is made up mostly of cotton with a beautiful chiffon sleeveless top with an attached black pencil skirt, which costs only $24. This store also has several styles similar to this one that are perfect for this occasion. If youʼre not too sure what shoes to wear, ask yourself how comfortable you are wearing heels for a long period of time. If you donʼt have much tolerance for high heels, opt for a smaller heel and a shoe that you feel very comfortable in. Dress shoes with small high heels are just as fashionable with little to no foot pain. Again, at T.J. Maxx, Ross and Marshalls, you will ﬁnd marked down and affordable designer styles. So if you are having trouble ﬁnding the right shoe for your outﬁt, those are the go-to places. And if all else fails, go to Payless. Payless ShoeSource offers a great variety of small-healed pumps anywhere from $19 and under. If you are unsure of what color to buy your dress in, remember you are graduating in spring. Keep the colors fresh, like pastels and creams. You donʼt want to wear anything all black or navy. Thereʼs nothing wrong with these basic colors, but you donʼt want to worry about heat exhaustion before or after getting your diploma. Try to ﬁnd dresses with this seasonʼs staple colors in pastels, like a pastel yellow. Most importantly, if you are having any second thoughts about a certain dress when shopping, close your eyes and imagine how proud you are going to feel up on stage accepting your diploma, and if you see yourself in said dress, buy it! Itʼs your day, and Iʼm positive you will look and feel fabulous!
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